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May-June 2016

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Collector's Note: Introducing Tsumeb.com

COLLECTORS OF MINERALS FROM THE WORLD-FAMOUS NAMIBIAN TSUMEB MINE in the Otjikoto region will be pleased to note that a new non-commercial website—www.tsumeb.com—is now online and growing! The site is sponsored by British mineral dealer Ian Bruce, of Crystal Classics in Somerset, England, with Liam Schofield (also of Crystal Classics) providing the technical wizardry and Malcolm Southwood, of Victoria, Australia, managing the content.

According to Southwood: “Ian came to me with the idea for this some three or four years ago, and we've spent a lot of time thinking about how the website should look and what we want to achieve with it. Schofield came on board in late 2013 and has managed the information technology aspects, and at Tucson in 2015 we went public with the idea and asked for input from fellow Tsumeb enthusiasts. Pulling the information together to ‘go live’ with the website has been a labor of love, but the basic information is there, and now we want people to contribute to build what will become the undisputed go-to source of information on what we believe to be the world's premier mineral locality.”

Users of Tsumeb.com are able to register on the site and post photographs and information on their own pages. User contributions that add important or new information will be uploaded to the main database at the invitation and discretion of the website managers. They need to be very selective with the content of the main database because the integrity of the information on the public pages is paramount, and they want to avoid unnecessary duplication. Mineral identifications must be verified, photographs must be properly captioned and credited, and the information provided must be as accurate as possible.

Tsumeb.com is about much more than the mineralogy, however; it has dedicated sections on the geology and the history of the mine, biographies of the people who have contributed to the Tsumeb history over some 150 years, and a comprehensive bibliography. The aim is really threefold: to educate, elucidate, and entertain. There will be some people who simply enjoy the images of fine minerals. Others will be looking to find out a little more about specimens in their own collections, and some might be undertaking serious research on the mineralogy or history of the mine and the people who contributed to it.

Two screen shots of the newly launched www.Tsumeb.com website.

Dr. Günther Neumeier is a consulting editor of Rocks & Minerals.

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